Tag Archives: referendum

Street Reactions

This morning I was one of a dynamic duo manning a Lib Dem stall in Wokingham town centre – at least until the clouds opened. Boy, did they open! I’ve only ever seen rain like that in the monsoon in Thailand. While you may think “only 2?”, bear in mind there was also a big march […]

What the heck happens now?

The result of the poll on 23 June is undeniable if narrow. The (small) majority of voters want the United Kingdom out of the European Union. But it has become glaringly obvious that there was simply no plan if the Brexit campaign won. I’ve been trying to think of the possible options from this point […]

Dissonance, not EUphoria

I grew up in the 60s and 70s. This, apparently, was the time Britain was great. If I was asked to describe my memories, in colour I would say predominantly brown, unreliable and slightly scary. The 70s was the decade that style forgot. We had power cuts, shortages of things like sugar in shops, and […]

Tragedy in Beauty

On Wednesday morning, I was giving a talk at a Westminster Forum. The topic was broadly how media coverage of trans people has changed. Near the beginning I repeated one of my favourite quotes, from Gray Cavendar, an American academic: broadly that the media defines what we see as problems, and shapes the solutions we […]

Betrayal of Hopes

One of the saddest things about listening to the interview with the guy from Teeside on this morning’s Today programme on Radio 4 was hearing his history. He had a good standard of living working in the steel industry and then, when the Redcar steelworks closed, he’d had to downsize and take a much lower […]

Being Positive for Europe

We’re starting to pull into the closing stages of the EU referendum campaign. Being a postal voter for this election, I’ve already cast my vote. No – I didn’t do it the way I said on Facebook (which was tick the Remain box because that’s what I wanted to do, and put a cross against […]